Who Needs A Reference?

July 29th, 2007

Everyone that’s who. These are the people who will vouch for you and hopefully praise you to potential employers. What they can say can make a lot of difference on whether or not you are hired.

So how do you choose who to use as a reference. First and foremost do not use any kind of familial relation, so no parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Potential employers may question the validity of the reference when talking with someone who you consider a family member. In other words, if you went to a family reunion with this person try not use them.

Who you can use:

  • Professors
  • Past employers
  • Supervisors
  • Business Associates

Remember to ask these people for permission and how they best want to be contacted. If you do not ask your reference will be blind sided and perhaps not give you a great reference. This also allows you to discuss with your reference what type of positions you are applying for and to help your reference remember some of the different accomplishments you have achieved. For more tips on reference go to http://www.cofc.edu/%7Ecareer/References.pdf to learn more about layout and who to choose.

Resumes that Make an Impression

July 23rd, 2007

When writing a resume you want to stand out, not blend in with a crowd. Most positions you apply for are going to get numerous applications and you need to ensure the employer looks at yours. Plus, you need to impress the employer or they will not give you an interview.

Make sure your resume not only reflects you, but also reflects the position you are applying for. You should not have a generic resume that you send out to every organization you are applying to (resumes for career fairs are the exception). Each position you are applying for is different so each resume you send should be different. When applying for a position look at the skills, qualifications, and duties of that position, if you have any of that in your experience make sure that is highlighted in your resume and cover letter.

The majority of people do not consider changing around their resume when submitting it to different positions. So be different and make an impression!

Here are some more tips to make an impression on potential employers:

  1. Spell check—employers will be put off by resumes with even the slightest grammar or spelling error. And do NOT rely on spell-check!
  2. Use high quality paper in a soft neutral color tone.
  3. Do NOT use a template! You want to be unique not have your resume look like everyone else’s.
  4. Be concise. If the resume is too long then you will lose the employers attention. One page is always a safe bet.

For more guidance on writing a resume visit our Prepare My Resume, Cover letter, & Job Search Strategy page. You can also visit our office in the Lightsey Building during Drop-In hours: 1 pm to 4 pm on weekdays.

Welcome to the New Career Center Blog!

July 15th, 2007

Have you ever wondered what you really wanted to do with your life? Or are you preparing for that big interview or writing a resume? Are you lost in the job search process? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are in the right place. It is our goal at the Career Center to help you find and realize your dream career.

In the Career Center we can offer you a lot of hands on assistance with the career decision process from deciding a major, searching for your dream career, writing those winning resumes, and shining in the interview for that part-time job, internship or full time position. Our website also offers a lot of different outlets to help you reach your goals. Try out some of our helpful links to get you started.

Now we bring to you our new Career Center Blog. Here we will be discussing some of those key elements in the career decision process, offering tips and places to go that will help you. On the blog we hope to feature topics that will help you succeed, advice from alumni or current students who are going through the same things you are, and we want your input. Make comments and share your own experiences as we explore the different elements of choosing and getting your dream job. You never have to go through the journey from school to careers alone.